Button meaning

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To be or be capable of being fastened with buttons.

The blouse buttons up the back.

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(slang) The clitoris.
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The definition of a button is a small disk used for fastening two parts of a garment, or is used to operate something.

An example of a button is the disk pulled through a buttonhole to close a shirt.

An example of a button is what you push to change the channels on a remote control.

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(comput.) On a computer screen, a stylized figure resembling a button or knob, that is clicked or touched so as to select an option or activate a function.
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(1) A small, marked area on an electronic device that is physically pressed down to activate a function. The button may stand out from its base so that it can be located by feel, or it can be level with its base such as the left and right buttons on most mice.
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(US) A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.

The politician wore a bright yellow button with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.

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Any of various objects resembling a button, especially:
  • A push-button switch.
  • The blunt tip of a fencing foil.
  • A fused metal or glass globule.
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Any of various knoblike structures of an organism, especially:
  • An immature, unexpanded mushroom.
  • The tip of a rattlesnake's rattle.
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A usually round flat badge that bears a design or printed information and is typically pinned to a garment.

A campaign button.

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Any small disk, knob, etc. used as a fastening or ornament, as one put through a buttonhole on a garment.
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Anything small and shaped like a button.
  • A small emblem of membership, distinction, etc., generally worn in the lapel.
  • A small knoblike part, as a bud on a plant or the end of a rattlesnake's rattles.
  • A small knoblike part that is pushed or turned to operate a doorbell, electric lamp, etc. or to select or activate a function on an electronic device.
  • A guard on the tip of a fencing foil.
  • A small, immature mushroom.
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(slang) The point of the chin.
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To fasten with or as with a button or buttons.
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A knob or disc that is passed through a loop or (buttonhole), serving as a fastener. [from the mid-13th c.]

April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.

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A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.

Pat pushed the button marked "shred" on the blender.

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(graphical user interface) An on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.

Click the button that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.

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(botany) A bud.

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(curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
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(fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
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(poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.
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(poker) The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.
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A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.
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(South Africa, slang) A methaqualone tablet (used as a recreational drug).
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A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, such as a door.
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A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
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To fasten with a button. [from the late 14th c.]
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(intransitive) To be fastened by a button or buttons.

The coat will not button.

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A surname​.
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(informal) The end of the chin, regarded as the point of impact for a punch.
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To fasten with buttons.

Buttoned his shirt; buttoned up her raincoat.

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To decorate or furnish with buttons.
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(informal) To close (the lips or mouth).

Button your lip.

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To provide or be provided with a button or buttons.
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on the button
  • Exactly; precisely.
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button up (one's lip)
  • to refrain from talking; esp., to keep a secret
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on the button
  • exactly at the desired point, time, objective, etc.
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push someone's button
  • to arouse, often in a manipulative way, someone's interest, anger, sympathy, etc.
    Advertising that pushes our buttons and makes us want to buy.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of button

  • Middle English from Old French bouton from bouter to thrust of Germanic origin bhau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French boton (French bouton), itself either from Late Latin *bottōnem, probably ultimately from a Germanic language, or from bouter + -on.

    From Wiktionary